By HANA BORDEY | GMA News Online
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday advised the repatriated Filipinos, who are registered for overseas voting but will stay in the Philippines until the May 2022, to transfer their data to local election offices to allow them to vote in the 2022 national and local polls.
In its second virtual media conference for the upcoming polls, lawyer Philip Luis Marin from the Comelec Office for Overseas Voting (OFOV) explained that repatriated Filipinos, who will stay in the country during the election period, should process the transfer of their voters’ registration data before they can cast their vote on May 9, 2022.
“Those who registered abroad and went back, ang payo ko lang po is kung alam ninyo na talaga na from the voting period na April 10 to May 9 ay mananatili pa rin po kayo dito pumunta na po tayo sa election officer natin kung saan tayo nakatira,” Marin said.
(Those who registered abroad and went back, we advise you to go to your respective election officers to process the transfer of your records, if you are certain that you will be in the country during the voting period— April 10 to May 9.)
“Doon po sa election officer natin, mayroon na pong [Overseas Voter Form] doon na fill-up-an, tutulungan kayo ng election officer para mapadala sa OFOV, sa amin opisina, para mapa-transfer ang registration nila. It’s just that simple,” he added.
(You will have to fill up the OVF there and the election officer will help you to send the forms to our office, the OFOV, so that we can transfer your registration.)
The transfer of registration should be applied on or before August 31, 2021, before the Philippine posts abroad or the OFOV in Manila.
Marin also told the repatriated Filipinos to call the local election officers first and set an appointment before they go to the Comelec offices.
From March 2020 to April 25, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration has repatriated 529,122 Filipinos who returned to their home regions.
As of June 7, 2021, there are 7,223 post to local transfer of registration applications that were approved by the Comelec.
In the same press conference, Marin said around 1.6 million Filipinos abroad have yet to register for the 2022 polls.
A total or 1,423,941 qualified overseas voters registered as of May 19, 2021.
The Comelec official also said they are expecting over 580,000 voter turnout from Filipinos abroad in the upcoming polls.—AOL, GMA News